Toronto Star, Apr. 6, 2004. 01:00 AM
Passive smoking dangers revealed
Second-hand smoke examined
Linked to ills in adults, children
New evidence of the effects of second-hand smoke has come to light in four studies that link it to increased risk of premature death, heart disease, ill health in children and the slow healing of wounds.
A study carried out by New Zealand researchers and published in the British Medical Journal online found non-smokers who lived with a smoker had a 15 per cent higher risk of early death than those living in smoke-free households.
Mortality among "never smokers" living with smokers: two cohort studies,
1981-4 and 1996-9
Sarah Hill, Tony Blakely, Ichiro Kawachi, Alistair Woodward
British Medical Journal, doi:10.1136/bmj.38070.503009.EE (published 5 April 2004)
How Should Parents Protect Their Children From Environmental Tobacco-Smoke Exposure in the Home?
AnnaKarin Johansson, Gören Hermansson, and Johnny Ludvigsson
Pediatrics 2004; 113: e291-e295.